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Our Board of Directors

Soula Antoniou, Vice President
Helena Berger, Treasurer
Thomas Kelley
Kent Keyser
Erica Midboe
Bradley Miles
Wanita Niehaus
Julie Nepveu
Lee Page, President
Susan Picerno
William Staderman
 

Soula Antoniou (Vice President)

President & CEO of Antoniou Consulting, Ms. Antoniou has a proven record of success as a visionary, advocate, and spokesperson. Ms. Antoniou has an extensive portfolio and has worked with clients including the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV). Recruited as Interim CEO by the Board of Directors to provide strategic leadership, she spearheaded a national executive search, installed a permanent CEO and facilitated a successful transition process.
 
Before launching Antoniou Consulting, Ms. Antoniou served as President of VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, for eight years. Prior to joining VSA, she was in senior management at the Massachusetts Office of Disability where she chartered a new course of sound financial and operational practices and worked on public policy issues including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
Ms. Antoniou serves on several boards including ECNV, Happy on Wheels, and the Board of Visitors of Children’s National Health System.

Soula Antoniou

Helena Berger (Treasurer)

Helena Berger has been a disability-rights advocate for over 25 years. She is currently the President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Ms. Berger has been associated with AAPD for 18 years; serving in the following leadership positions over the past 15 years: Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President. She is a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive team, and developing a performance culture among a diverse group of individuals.
 
Prior to joining AAPD, Ms. Berger was the Advocacy Director for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA), renamed in 2005 United Spinal Association. Under her direction, EPVA’s advocacy program significantly expanded its public education and community outreach activities, specifically aimed at raising awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result, Ms. Berger has extensive experience in designing and implementing grassroots programs and working effectively with non-governmental organizations, community and business leaders, and public officials to increase the freedom, independence, and rights and opportunities of all people with disabilities.
  
Ms. Berger’s international disability rights work includes working with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs as a feature speaker on disability rights, policy, and growing grassroots movements. She has spoken with diverse disability audiences in Mongolia, Nepal, and Cyprus, and traveled to Jordan and the West Bank in Israel.
 
Ms. Berger currently serves as co-chair of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Advisory Committee and recently completed a four-year term on the Comcast and NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council.  

 


Helena Berger

Kent Keyser

In 2007, Mr. Keyser suffered a C-3,C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. Since his injury, he enjoyed returning to the workforce thanks to a proactive employer, former Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Upon retiring in January 2015, Mr. Keyser has become active in the disability community being elected to the Board of the United Spinal Association's National Chapter in Washington, D.C. 
 
Mr. Keyser served 37 years as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Chief of Staff and Sr. Policy Advisor for Congressman Rahall, Mr. Keyser worked on a wide range of issues and projects, including transportation, public infrastructure, economic, community, and workforce development in rural areas.  
 
Adept at employing public entrepreneurship to build consensus and create successful public/private partnerships, Mr. Keyser has worked with a number of projects to further local and regional goals by employing federal and state program resources. A seasoned communications manager and community outreach strategist, Mr. Keyser earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Keyser resides in Arlington's Fairlington neighborhood.

Kent Keyser

Erica Midboe 

Erica Midboe received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2005, where her coursework in Psychology and Education led to her accepting a position at the Ivymount School in Rockville, Maryland. At the Ivymount Autism Program, she taught students with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis. She returned to the University of Virginia to attain a Masters in Teaching, with a concentration in Special Education. During her student career, Ms. Midboe was honored with the Elsie Hughes Cabell Endowed Scholarship and the Delta Kappa Gamma Virginia Scholar Award. She also served as a volunteer in an adaptive sports program at the University of Virginia, spending weekends at Massanutten Resort skiing with individuals with sensory, physical, and intellectual disabilities.

Currently, Ms. Midboe teaches students with autism, learning and intellectual disabilities in Fairfax County Public Schools. She is dedicated to achieving the highest standard of community integration for individuals with disabilities.

Erica Midboe

Wanita Niehaus


Ms. Niehaus is a marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in strategy, branding, design, public affairs and corporate social responsibility. A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, she worked as a journalist in the Midwest before coming to Washington, DC to work as a news editor for Scripps Howard News Service. In 2008, she took a position with Scripps Networks Interactive - parent company of HGTV, Food Network and the Travel Channel where she was the Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Communications. Currently she is consulting with clients ranging from start-up companies to large non-profit associations and international companies.

Ms. Niehaus is an active volunteer in her Arlington community as well and number of professional associations including  National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC), and American Marketing Association. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington and is a graduate of the Scripps Leadership Institute and the NAMIC Leadership Seminar at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

 
Wanita Niehaus

Lee Page (President)


Mr. Page lives in Falls Church, VA and is employed as an Associate Advocacy Director at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). In his role as Associate Director, he works to ensure the rights of people with disabilities by advocating for the removal of attitudinal and regulatory barriers, through interaction with Congress, the White House Administration, federal agencies, private businesses and the general public. Mr. Page did extensive work in helping to insure the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), The Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), and other legislation affecting people with disabilities. The major focus of his current work is Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Mr. Page was a Board member of ECNV from 1999-2006 and President of the Board from 2003 until the end of his term.

Lee Page

William Staderman

William Staderman was diagnosed with a degenerative genetic disorder (Friedreich’s Ataxia) that primarily affects his balance and muscle coordination. He has been using a wheelchair since about 1992. He has enjoyed living in Arlington, VA since 2003. He is a commissioner on the Arlington County Disability Advisory Committee, the Arlington County Transit Advisory Committee, and the WMATA Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). In addition to using a wheelchair since earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1993, Mr. Staderman's background includes a Master’s degree in Philosophy/Cognitive Science in 1997, a doctorate in Human Factors Engineering in 2003, a Master’s degree in Organizational Development in 2009, and graduate studies in Psychology. He has experience with NASA, IBM, the US Navy, Computer Science Corporation, and DARPA evaluating systems, gathering and specifying requirements, and humanin-the-loop studies. The theme that he recognized running throughout his academic career is: the adaptation of humans to their context.
 


William Staderman